Craig briefs: Grand Olde West Days seeks parade entries

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The Downtown Business Association will host its annual Grand Olde West Days parade May 24 with parade lineup starting at 1:45 p.m. The parade will start at 3 p.m. Parade organizers still are seeking participants to march in the event, including floats that reflect your interpretation of the Grand Olde West Days celebration. To register for the event, contact Steven Fulton at 970-620-1738 or sfulton711@yahoo.com.

Craig church to host visiting missionary

On Wednesday, Friendship United Methodist Church, located at 700 Barclay St., is hosting missionary Kennedy Cruz for a Western Barbecue. The event takes place at 6 p.m. Cruz will present his story about the work that he continues to do in Cambodia with a focus on the children and their interests. Cruz is home on furlough and serves with the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. He is in mission work in Cambodia with the Community Health and Agriculture Development program as a community development specialist, serving in that position since October 2007. Ken and his wife and two sons are members of the Evangelical Baptist Church. If you would like to hear more about Ken’s story and his work, please attend. The public is invited, and the barbecue is free. For further information, call Pastor Karen Gibson at 970-620-0339.

Colorado employment numbers for April 2014

Colorado’s employment numbers are up. Nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 13,900 during the month from March to April to 2,438,100 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private-sector payroll jobs increased by 13,300, and government jobs increased by 600. Colorado has had 30 consecutive months of payroll job gains.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point in April to 6 percent. The last time the Colorado unemployment rate was 6 percent or lower was November 2008, when the rate was 5.7 percent.

The number of people participating in the labor force increased by 8,900 during the month, and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased by 14,400. The larger increase in total employment than in the labor force caused the number of unemployed to decrease by 5,600 and the unemployment rate to decline to 6 percent. The national unemployment rate decreased four-tenths of a percentage point to 6.3 percent.

Throughout the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased from 34.4 to 34.2 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $25.49 to $26.25.

The largest over-the-month private-sector job gains were in leisure and hospitality, education and health services and professional and business services. The largest over-the-month decline was in other services.

Throughout the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 70,800. Private-sector payroll jobs increased 65,300, and government increased 5,500. The largest private-sector job gains were in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality and education and health services. There were no significant over-the-year declines.

Throughout the year, the unemployment rate declined nine-tenths of one percentage point from 6.9 percent in April 2013. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased by 43,300, total employment increased by 67,400 and the number of unemployed decreased by 24,100. The national unemployment rate declined from 7.5 percent in April 2013 to 6.3 percent in April 2014.

Horse tests positive for equine herpes in state

A horse in Colorado has tested positive for equine herpes. The Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has notified Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office that the horse showing signs consistent with equine herpes myeloencephalitis May 14 has tested positive for EHV-1. The horse was euthanized because of complications from the neurologic form of EHV-1.

A second horse that resided with the EHV-1 positive horse has developed a fever and is considered a suspect case but is not displaying any neurologic signs at this time. This second horse attended some of the same events within the rodeo/barrel racing circuit as the original horse. Because of these developments and the recent history of other EHV-1 cases in other states, the state veterinarian’s office in Colorado recommends that equine event organizers and horse owners competing in the rodeo/barrel racing circuit exercise extreme caution with regards to the planning and holding of equine events.

“Disease prevention practices and good biosecurity should be implemented,” state veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr said in a statement. “Owners should consider the risk for exposure to EHV-1 at upcoming events to be elevated, and owners may want to consider keeping their horses at home to limit their individual risk.”

The EHV-1 positive horse and its stable mates have traveled to events in Colorado during the past few weeks, and there is a potential link to other horses that have attended the National High School Rodeo and Colorado Junior Rodeo Association events located in:

■ Henderson (April 26 and 27)

■ Eagle (May 2 to 4)

■ Rocky Ford (May 10 and 11)

The Colorado State Veterinarian’s office is in the process of contacting all Colorado contestants involved in these events.

Symptoms include fever, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, urine dribbling, loss of tail tone, hind limb weakness, leaning against a wall or fence to maintain balance, lethargy and the inability to rise. While there is no cure, the symptoms of the disease may be treatable. EHV-1 is not transmissible to people; it can be a serious disease of horses that can cause respiratory, neurologic disease and death.

Sponsor an American flag with Craig Rotary

Craig Rotary is selling sponsorships for its American flag program. Each contribution sponsors a flag that will be placed along Victory Way and Yampa Avenue for patriotic holidays through the year. As the sponsorships grows, so does the number of flags. Sponsorship costs $75 per flag. To sponsor a flag, call Bob Johnson at 970-846-3647 or Randy Morton at 970-620-1326.

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